September 21 – Decant deCANT DECANT

We had fun playing with our new decanter


We just made the switch from Netflix to Amazon PRIME  -you should too- and part of this sweet new deal is free shipping! Since we had free shipping… our wine decanter was delivered yesterday and today we gave it a whirl. The wine opened up so nicely, and pouring the wine into the decanter was such a cool visual- we are easily entertained. After the VA vineyards visit and our new gadget I am inspired to learn more about wine! I subscribe to The Savory Grape’s emails even though I don’t live in Rhode Island (so wish they would open in DC!) and the other day they sent out information on tannins. I loved their explanation, and since I found it to be so helpful, I thought I’d share.  You can also read the full post here:

“‘Tannin’ is a word to which we refer, but realize it isn’t often understood. Tannins are naturally found in grape skins, stems and seeds. In wine, tannins are what often give you that drying and bitter zing effect in the back of the throat. (Like what you get when drinking black coffee or stewed tea.) Because red wine is a result of skins soaking with the juice, it typically has more tannins than white. Tannins are also in oak barrels and imparted when wine sits in them. So why are tannins talked about so much?

Without being too technical, tannins are thought to be more noticeable in young wine and change during the aging process, thus becoming smoother. (The reason older wine is often described as less biting and soft.) Tannins add to a wine’s structure. Tannins are also known to link with other entities – protein and fats – and when brought together give a seamless, synergistic taste.”

There you have it, some Wine 101 from The V Life!


PS We had dinner at Neyla… don’t go.

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